University student rapes Class VI student in Gurugram

first_imgA university student allegedly raped a Class VI student of a prominent school in the basement parking of a housing society in Sector 84 here on Wednesday. Accused, Piyush, 22, who studies in a private university, lives in the same society as the victim. He is on the run.Child Welfare Committee sources said the girl and the accused knew each other and had connected on Instagram three months ago. The police said the accused had raped the victim, around 11 years of age, on two occasions earlier. The police registered a case against the accused under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act on Thursday based on the complaint of the girl’s mother. The accused lived in a first-floor flat with his elder brother.last_img

Rude welcome

first_imgThe Knights outpaced the Elite every time down, using their 23-8 fastbreak edge to nail their first win and hand one of three squads representing the PBA a rude welcome.“I thought we started the game really flat today and we cannot let that happen [on Wednesday],” said Blackwater coach Aris Dimaunahan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Seoul sped to a 43-26 lead with 3:56 to play in the first half but Blackwater somehow recovered and uncorked a 20-3 run that tied the game at 46 off Alex Stepheson’s one-hand jam.Seoul, however, quickly countered with a 13-4 run with Aaron Haynes’ layup giving the SK Knights a 59-50 lead with 5:42 remaining in the third quarter. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMACAU—Asia’s best made it clear Tuesday that the Philippines’ pro teams will find the sailing rough in this autonomous gambling region.Blackwater failed to handle the speed of Seoul as it lost in the opener, 93-77, of the East Asia Super League: The Terrific 12 at Tap Seac Sports Pavilion here.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Shorthanded Creamline shoots for No. 10 View comments Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ The Knights’ running game seemed to have left Stepheson and the Elite gasping as they went on to pull away for the victory.“I thought we closed out the first half the way we wanted,” said Dimaunahan. “The consistency, however, is not there and maybe that’s the reason we lost the game.”Blackwater thus fell to a 0-1 record in Group A and it will have to beat B. League’s Chiba in its second game on Wednesday to have a chance of cracking the semifinals of the tournament, which brings together some of the topnotch clubs from Asian pro leagues.Stepheson led the Elite with 19 points and 19 rebounds while Marqus Blakely, Blackwater’s import for the PBA Governors’ Cup, had 14 points, four rebounds, and four assists.Jameel Warney had 24 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, and three steals to lead the Knights. Kim Min Soo added 18 points and six rebounds, while the Knights’ other import Aaron Haynes finished with 16 points and eight rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Becoming his own man Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hobbling the Elite was the absence of stars Ray Parks Jr. and Mike DiGregorio, who skipped the game for health reasons. Both are listed day-to-day for the tournament. Blackwater was also without veteran playmaker Mike Cortez and big man Rabeh Al-Hussaini.“[Their absence] really hurt us big time, because I think we lost probably almost 38 points,” said Dimaunahan.San Miguel Beer and TNT KaTropa are the other two PBA teams in the fold, with the Beermen still playing the Shenzhen Aviators at press time. MOST READ This jewelry designer is also an architect Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Cricket becomes Australia’s number one participation sport

first_imgThe rise in popularity of Australia’s domestic Big Bash League (BBL) Twenty20 tournament and the growing interest in the women’s game has propelled cricket to become the nation’s most popular participation sport.On Tuesday, Cricket Australia (CA) revealed that record numbers of Australians picked up the bat and ball in 2015-16, including a record number of women, with almost 25 per cent of all participants being female, reports Xinhua.The National Cricket Census, compiled by CA, found that 1,311,184 people played cricket across Australia in 2015-16, an 8.5 per cent increase on 2014-15, while female participation rates increased by 9 percent to 314,936 players.CA chief executive officer James Sutherland said the growth and interest associated with both the male and female versions of the Big Bash League had pushed growth in cricket participation. (Also read: Australia beat Sri Lanka by three wickets in opening ODI)”The Big Bash League rose to unprecedented levels of popularity in its fifth year, with an average audience of more than 1 million Australians tuning in to watch the tournament on Network Ten and a record breaking 1,030,495 people attending matches,” Sutherland said in a statement on Tuesday.”The Women’s Big Bash League also achieved impressive results in just its first season. We were able to demonstrate a viable pathway for girls and women to pick up a bat and ball and take up cricket as a professional sport.”Sutherland added that he expects the figures to grow again over the 2016/17 summer as the Big Bash League prepares to enter its sixth year.advertisement”Cricket is clearly the sport of choice for many Australians and we’re proud to be billed as one of the biggest participation sports in the country,” Sutherland said.”As another exciting summer approaches, we continue to be focused on growing our sport and inspiring Australians from all walks of life to pick up a bat and ball and play cricket.”last_img read more

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Catching Up with the Creative Minds Behind Aulta Watches

first_imgWhen Marty Pomphrey, Abe Allouche, and Pancho Sullivan began formulating the idea for their timepiece company Aulta, they knew they wanted to create something which celebrated lifestyle and a love for the ocean. After deciding to produce a well-made line of surf watches, the trio took to the task of utilizing each of their industry-specific qualities to give the company a solid foundation.For Marty, his background as a watch industry expert with Fossil and Diesel instantly gave Aulta a strategic edge over its competition; simply put, the guy knows watches. Abe — a seasoned businessman with the successful board short company Island Daze under his belt — added his experience building a company from the ground up, as well as a keen sense of design and production, to Aulta’s entrepreneurial quiver. Then there was Pancho, a professional surfer born in Kauai and raised on the North Shore, he delivered fearless devotion and a strong familiarity with the surfing industry.While each possess a resume unique to themselves, the sum of their experience allows Aulta to function in perfect harmony. After launching its first line of watches nearly two years ago, the amount of knowledge and experience akin to its co-founders shows Aulta is more than poised to make waves in the watch industry. To get a firsthand look at what makes it such an intriguing new company, we caught up with co-founder Marty Pomphrey to talk about the company’s inspirations, why it will succeed in a crowded industry, and what’s next for the brand.What was the inspiration behind creating Aulta?Aulta came about very organically five years ago when Abe, Pancho, and I were in Hawaii feeling completely recharged after a day of surfing together. Our conversation that day kept coming back to how lucky we felt to have an activity like surfing to balance out our busy lives.Each of us comes from a different background, but we were brought together by a shared love of the ocean. We had talked previously about building a company together but wanted a brand and product concept which tied directly back to our lifestyles. The concept that resonated deeply with each of us was the importance of finding time to do what you love. Work is very important, but it doesn’t mean you have to compromise your lifestyle. Uncompromised lifestyle quickly became the core message of the Aulta brand, even before we decided on the product direction.Pancho has been a world-renowned and respected professional surfer for over twenty years. Abe literally took the road less traveled establishing his successful surf apparel company Island Daze in 1998. And I come from a long history in the watch industry at companies including Nike and Fossil. So the idea of building stylish, durable watches that take you from “work to water” was a natural convergence of our individual lifestyles and collective talents. Every Aulta watch is rated 100-meter water resistant and built using gasket sealed screw down crowns and case backs. We love what we do and pride ourselves on building exceptional watches for active lifestyles.Did you feel the watch industry was missing what you provide with Aulta?Aulta is completely unique to the watch industry in that we only sell through our website. This direct to customer business model allows us to bypass the wholesale channel and pass the savings on to our customers.We also made a conscious decision to ignore the traditional industry approach of seasonal product introductions. Instead, we decided to introduce one new watch on the 15th of each month. This non-traditional approach allows us to build focused stories and content around our watch introductions, and only reach out to our customers when we have something new to show them.Where does Aulta succeed where you feel other brands come up short? Our direct-to-customer business model provides a remarkable value proposition. We are able to offer stylish, durable watches built with surgical grade stainless steel, Japanese movements, and a variety of strap options at prices ranging from $85-$105. If we chose the traditional wholesale route, the suggested retail prices would have been double.What’s next for Aulta?We are constantly working on interesting new products to fit our model of one new watch introduction per month. We have product development meetings every week, which is not typical for the watch industry.Equally important is our continuous development of content for the Aulta brand. Through our advocate program, we seek out people with interesting stories who share how they find time to live an uncompromised, active lifestyle. We then highlight these advocates using short videos and photography to that tells their personal story and reinforces the Aulta brand message.But more than anything, we look forward to connecting and building relationships with our customers, one watch at a time. 5 Canadian Lifestyle Brands You Need to Know 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Patagonia Goes 100% Sustainable with New Line Called Shell, Yeah! 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

ITIC Says Broker Follow-Up Is Vital in Fluctuating Markets

first_img Print  Close ITIC, December 13, 2013 My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom ITIC says that the failure of shipbrokers to follow up on time-sensitive messages can have serious financial consequences, particularly in fluctuating spot markets.In its latest Claims Review, ITIC cites the case of a ship fixed for a trip time charter for two voyages, with an option for a third. The option was to be declared by the charterers on completion of loading for the second voyage. The fixture had been negotiated through brokers in two different offices of the same company. The third trip option was exercised by charterers on a Friday afternoon, and the broker who received the message forwarded it to his colleague in the other office. Unfortunately, that broker did not immediately pass it on to the owners.The ship completed the second voyage on the Sunday, but it was not until Monday that the message declaring the option was passed on to the owners. On the following Wednesday, the owners argued that, because they had not received the notice until the day after loading had been completed, the declaration was invalid. They therefore expected redelivery of the ship on completion of the second voyage.The spot market at the time was extremely volatile, but rising. Therefore the owners wanted the ship redelivered. The charterers, on the other hand, clearly wanted to retain the ship to maximise the profit from the final voyage. The market changed again, however, and after a week the owners confirmed that they would allow the third voyage. But the business available to the charterers was by this stage less profitable than at the time they had declared the option, and they subsequently claimed lost profits against both the owners and the brokers.The brokers argued that the majority of the delay was caused by the unreasonable conduct of the owners in refusing to agree to the third voyage. A settlement was ultimately agreed, with the brokers’ contribution reflecting their delay in passing on the message, but not the subsequent fall in the market.In another case handled by ITIC, a shipbroker fixed an extension of a charter in direct continuation, but forgot to include the charterer’s ‘subject to 24 hours reconfirmation’ in the negotiation. The owners subsequently claimed that the subject was not part of the negotiations they had seen and considered themselves fully fixed. The charterers failed to perform the extension and redelivered the ship to the owners, who then fixed the ship to a different charterer for a shorter period and at a lower rate. The owners brought a damages claim against the charterers, who in turn brought a claim against the shipbroker. ITIC settled the claim for $140,000.ITIC says, “Time-sensitive messages should always be followed up with a telephone conversation to ensure that they have been received and acted upon.”last_img read more

Select Committee Releases Petroleum Product Pricing Report

first_imgHOUSE OF ASSEMBLY–Select Committee Releases Petroleum ProductPricing Report Nova Scotia should enact legislation by the spring of 2005 tohelp stabilize the price of products like gasoline and homeheating fuel, says the Select Committee on Petroleum ProductPricing. In a report submitted to the clerk of the legislature, thecommittee says its first preference is for legislation that wouldforbid corporations that are involved in the exploration,extraction or refining of petroleum products from retailing thoseproducts in Nova Scotia. If that is not feasible, the report says, legislation should beput in place that would implement a system of regulationsoverseen by the province’s Utility and Review Board. “This was not an easy exercise to complete in just two months,”committee chair Bill Dooks said today, Sept. 1. “The compressedtime frame made it difficult to fully explore everything thatcommittee members wanted to explore. It was our consensus,however, that the province has to implement change in order tobetter protect the consumer.” The all-party committee was created in May of 2004 to examine thesupply and pricing of fuels, including gasoline and home heatingoil, to determine whether current prices are justified and fair.It heard from 51 presenters during public hearings across theprovince and received about 70 written submissions. Other recommendations in the committee’s final report suggestthat legislation require all refineries to sell their products atthe same price to bulk buyers and that it forbid below-costselling. The report notes the critical role that fuel plays in theeconomic and social health of remote communities and recommendsthat the province find ways to support the continued availabilityof fuel supplies necessary. The committee also says more must bedone to increase energy efficiency and to encourage alternativesto traditional reliance on fossil fuels. Members of the select committee said they were disappointed thatmore consumers did not attend the public hearings this summer andthat some large oil companies did not participate in the process.But they note that this should be only one step in an ongoingprocess that must be carefully monitored in order to providestability for consumers and the industry. The Select Committee Report on Petroleum Product Pricing isavailable on the website .last_img read more

Questions shroud Lonechild case

first_imgAPTN National NewsSaskatchewan justice officials have hinted that the circumstances surrounding a venue change in the sentencing of a First Nations leader may come under review.At the same time, another Saskatchewan chief is publicly condemning the leader after he pleaded guilty to serious charges in court.APTN National News reporter Larissa Burnouf reports.last_img

Labrador government US museum given cultural repatriation award for returning Inuit remains

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) has awarded the Nunatsiavut government in Labrador and Chicago’s Field Museum with a cultural repatriation award for returning Inuit bodies that had been dug up and taken for scientific study.It’s the first time the ITK has handed out the Cultural Repatriation Award.“In this discussion of reconciliation and the pathways to get there, we wanted to celebrate some of the people who have worked with us to get there, and hopefully move the conversation to a much more positive space,” Natan Obed, president of ITK, said Wednesday.Obed said the decision to establish the award came after controversy earlier this spring over cultural appropriation.Prominent writers and journalists said people should be encouraged to imagine stories set in other cultures.Several proposed an annual cultural appropriation prize – and two lost their jobs in the ensuing furor.“We thought we might capitalize on the moment because it obviously touched a nerve,” said Obed.The award changes the conversation, added Helen Robbins, the Field Museum’s director of repatriation.“Reconciliation is an easy word or idea to talk about but it’s hard to do. The Inuit are really putting themselves (forward) to try and move past the history.”The award recognizes the return of the bodies of 22 Inuit who were exhumed in 1927-1928 by William Strong, then an assistant curator at the museum.Strong dug up marked graves in the Inuit community of Zoar, a now-abandoned settlement located between the Nunatsiavut communities of Hopedale and Nain. Strong didn’t have permission to uncover the graves, which dated from the late 1800s, and did it over the community’s objections.The remains were kept in the museum’s collection until they were returned to Nunatsiavut in 2011 after three years of negotiations. They have since been reburied.The museum covered all costs associated with the transfer.Robbins said researchers were able to identify the names of some of the people whose graves were violated.The return of the bodies opened a relationship between the museum and Nunatsiavut. In 2012, the museum signed a memorandum of understanding with Nunatsiavut to create research opportunities and collaborative exhibits involving shared learning.“Whether it’s in U.S. society or Canadian society, (there has been) this constant taking of symbols and signs and cultural knowledge of indigenous communities and using it for gain,” said Robbins.“Repatriation doesn’t change the initial harm or hurt but it’s a step in moving forward.”The Inuit Cultural Repatriation Award is to be presented in Nain, N.L., next week as a part of the ITK annual general meeting.Contact APTN National News here: news@aptn.calast_img read more

Amid trade fight Trump says hell make it up to farmers

first_imgWASHINGTON – President Donald Trump acknowledged Monday that farmers could be adversely affected by the escalating tariff dispute with China, but promised to make it up to them, saying they “will be better off than they ever were.”Speaking at a Cabinet meeting, Trump addressed the Chinese threat to slap tariffs on soybeans and other agriculture staples grown in rural America, a move that could hit Midwestern farmers, many of whom are strong supporters of the president.“If during the course of the negotiation they want to hit the farmers because they think that hits me. I wouldn’t say that’s nice, but I tell you our farmers are great patriots,” Trump said. “They understand that they’re doing this for the country. We’ll make it up to them. In the end they’re going to be much stronger than they are right now.”China is threatening the tariffs in response to Trump moving to enact protectionist measures as punishment for Chinese theft of U.S. intellectual property. The U.S. bought more than $500 billion in goods from China last year and now is planning or considering penalties on some $150 billion of those imports. The U.S. sold about $130 billion in goods to China in 2017 and faces a potentially devastating hit if China responds in kind.White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump was working with his team “to determine how best to respond to China’s attack on American farmers” and had asked the Agriculture Department to provide him with a plan to protect U.S. farmers.As the economic saber-rattling shakes global markets, Trump said Monday he had a good relationship with China and with President Xi Jinping, but repeated his claim that China has been “taking advantage of the United States for many years.” He added that he doesn’t blame China, but American leaders for creating a “lopsided” set of trade rules.Earlier in the day, Trump tweeted about the “STUPID TRADE” with China, saying that when a Chinese-made vehicle is sent to the U.S., the tariff is only 2.5 per cent, while American cars exported to China are slapped with a 25 per cent tariff.China charges total duties of 25 per cent on most imported cars — a 10 per cent customs tariff plus a 15 per cent auto tax. Since December 2016, Beijing also has charged an additional 10 per cent on “super-luxury” vehicles priced above 1.3 million yuan ($200,000).The president made fixing the trade imbalance with China a centerpiece of his presidential campaign, where he frequently used incendiary language to describe how Beijing would “rape” the U.S. economically. But even as Trump cozied up to Xi and pressed China for help with derailing North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, he has ratcheted up the economic pressure and threatened tariffs, a move opposed by many fellow Republicans.China has pledged to “counterattack with great strength” if Trump decides to follow through on his latest threat to impose tariffs on an additional $100 billion in Chinese goods — after an earlier announcement that targeted $50 billion. Beijing also declared that the current rhetoric made negotiations impossible, even as the White House suggested that the tariff talk was a way to spur China to the bargaining table.The new White House economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, said Sunday that a “coalition of the willing” — including Canada, much of Europe and Australia — was being formed to pressure China and that the U.S. would demand that the World Trade Organization, an arbiter of trade disputes, be stricter on Beijing. And he said that although the U.S. hoped to avoid taking action, Trump “was not bluffing.”“This is a problem caused by China, not a problem caused by President Trump,” Kudlow said on “Fox News Sunday.”But he also downplayed the tariff threat as “part of the process,” suggesting on CNN that the impact would be “benign” and said he was hopeful that China would enter negotiations. Kudlow, who started his job a week ago after his predecessor, Gary Cohn, quit over the tariff plan, brushed aside the possibility of economic repercussions.“I don’t think there’s any trade war in sight,” Kudlow told Fox.Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that he didn’t expect the tariffs to have a “meaningful impact on the economy” even as he left the door open for disruption. He allowed that there “could be” a trade war but said he didn’t anticipate one.Trump’s latest proposal intensified what was already shaping up to be the biggest trade battle in more than a half century.Trump told advisers last week that he was unhappy with China’s decision to tax $50 billion in American products, including soybeans and small aircraft, in response to a U.S. move to impose tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods. Rather than waiting weeks for the U.S. tariffs to be implemented, Trump backed a plan by Robert Lighthizer, his trade representative, to seek the enhanced tariffs.Further escalation could be in the offing. The U.S. Treasury Department is working on plans to restrict Chinese technology investments in the U.S. And there is talk that the U.S. could also put limits on visas for Chinese who want to visit or study in this country.___Associated Press writers Hope Yen and Thomas Strong contributed to this report.___Follow Lemire on Twitter at read more

Nebraska regulators to vote on TransCanadas Keystone XL pipeline next week

LINCOLN, Neb. — A decision on the last major regulatory hurdle for TransCanada in its nine-year quest to complete the Keystone XL pipeline will be made next week.The Nebraska Public Service Commission says in statement that a vote on the application will be held during its meeting on Nov. 20.Approving the project would allow TransCanada to gain access to holdout landowners’ property using Nebraska’s eminent domain laws.Final investment decision on the horizon for long-delayed Keystone XLTransCanada reports $612-million Q3 profit, awaits Keystone XL rulingThe pipeline would transport oilsands oil from Alberta through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines that feed Texas Gulf Coast refineries.Opponents say the pipeline would pass through the Sandhills, an ecologically fragile region of grass-covered sand dunes, and would cross the land of farmers and ranchers who don’t want it.South Dakota and Montana regulators have already approved the project.Environmental groups had persuaded former U.S. president Barack Obama to deny federal approval in November 2015. But President Donald Trump resuscitated the project in March, declaring that Calgary-based TransCanada would create “an incredible pipeline.”The Nebraska commission had been required to make a decision by Nov. 23, and must decide whether the project serves the public’s interests, based on evidence presented by lawyers and through public hearings earlier this year.The elected commission is comprised of four Republicans and one Democrat.Company officials have said their preferred route is the most direct way to transport oil and that rerouting the pipeline would add millions of dollars to the project’s $8-billion price tag. read more

US notes importance of Right to Information in Sri Lanka

He also noted that there are other important decisions before the Government including some that will require principled leadership and determination in order to set the country firmly on a path towards greater and lasting peace and prosperity.“The effort to make the Constitution more fair and inclusive, to reflect and celebrate the diversity of Sri Lanka, to ensure equal rights and opportunity for all Sri Lankans, to empower citizens to achieve their full potential, reflects a courageous, positive, and principled vision. Replacing the outdated Prevention of Terrorism Act with a new national security legal architecture can help not only prevent future abuses, but also ensure stronger defenses against modern threats to Sri Lanka, and to it democracy and citizens’ rights. All of you understand the heart-breaking need to create a credible and effective institution to bring truth, resolution, and justice to those families who lost loved ones on both sides of the war, and to foster a lasting climate of reconciliation and brotherhood after so many years of conflict. Your government has launched a discussion with ordinary citizens and civil society to determine the best way forward, and we look forward to steady progress toward healing these wounds, including the establishment of an Office of Missing Persons, and other helpful steps,” he added.He said the United States looks forward to opportunities to provide more support, bring more resources, and share more expertise in Sri Lanka’s efforts to be at the rightful place as a leader in the international community, one that contributes to the global economy; promotes human rights, accountability, transitional justice, and democracy; and that helps to uphold international law. (Colombo Gazette) He also noted that the current Government understood that a preponderant majority of well-meaning Sri Lankans want transition to an era of reconciliation, unity, peace, democracy, and rule of law.“I applaud your resolve to help Sri Lanka restore its standing in the international community, including, notably, through historic co-sponsorship of the UN Resolution that pledges Sri Lanka to tread the difficult but essential path toward reconciliation, truth, justice, and non-recurrence of conflict for allm” he said. “Just as President Obama made government transparency one of his first priorities, I am also encouraged by similar pledges from President Sirisena, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, and other top government officials in Sri Lanka.  Certainly, the last elections have shown that Sri Lanka’s voters consider government transparency a priority,” he said. The United States today noted the importance of Right to Information in Sri Lanka saying it will give Sri Lankans the tools to make their country a better place, and prevent any return to an era of secrecy and a lack of accountability.US Ambassador Atul Keshap, speaking at a Right to Information (RTI) interactive dialogue launch at the Water’s Edge Hotel said that any democracy requires that Government officials be accountable to the citizens who elected them, and that accountability requires transparency. The Ambassador also noted that as US Secretary of State Jon Kerry promised during his visit to Sri Lanka a year ago, the United States will stand by the side of Sri Lanka as the country makes progress on the important good governance reforms and human rights commitments. read more

WHO calls for war on tobacco to include antiaddiction treatment

Noting that tobacco products are designed to create and maintain dependence, and that many of their constituent compounds are toxic and can cause cancer, WHO stressed that therapies for tobacco dependence can contribute substantially and immediately to health gains.”There is overwhelming evidence of the health benefits of quitting smoking, and the effectiveness of treating tobacco dependence, which is classified as a disorder,” WHO’s Director for tobacco control, Vera da Costa e Silva, said as the agency released the policy guidelines at the 12th World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Helsinki, Finland.”However, the public health sector in many countries is not investing in smoking-cessation services, and in most countries only limited steps have been taken to provide treatment, train health-care providers, and release financial resources. Smoking cessation is very often not seen as a public health priority, or included in governments’ tobacco control strategies,” Dr. da Costa e Silva added.The guidelines, developed by world experts at a meeting in Moscow last year, aim to provide countries with evidence-based material as part of WHO’s support to countries wishing to implement the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), unanimously adopted by the 192-member agency in May.Because of tobacco’s addictiveness, many smokers will need support to quit. Surveys show that about one-third of smokers try to quit every year. Those who try to stop using willpower alone have only a 1 to 3 per cent chance of long-term success. read more

Burkina Faso lawyer named UN independent human rights expert for DR Congo

An award-winning writer, Mr. Pacéré counts among his many publications a book he wrote for the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on the rights of migrant workers in Burkina Faso from 1897 to 2003.He is also one of the lawyers accredited to plead before the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha, Tanzania. UN rights experts work independently of governments. They report to the UN Human Rights Commission and, in some cases, to the UN General Assembly.

Lebanon Security Council concerned by destabilizing impact of political assassinations

“The Security Council calls upon all parties to show restraint and a sense of responsibility with a view to the successful completion of the electoral process and government formation in the country,” the Council declared in a statement read out by the 15-nation body’s President for the month of June, Ambassador Jean-Marc de la Sablière of France, after a formal meeting.Mr. de la Sablière also said that the Council condemned in the strongest terms the bombing in Beirut, Lebanon, on 2 June that killed the outspoken Lebanese journalist Samir Qassir, “who was a symbol of political independence and freedom.” He further stated that the Council reaffirmed its Resolution 1559 and it “reiterates its call for the strict respect of the sovereignty, territorial integrity, unity and political independence of Lebanon.” Resolution 1559 calls for the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Lebanon, the disarmament of militia, the extension of Government control over all Lebanese territory and the holding of free elections. The Council also welcomed “the determination and commitment of the Government of Lebanon to bring to justice the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of this assassination, and determines that this assassination, like others before it, constitutes a pernicious effort to undermine security, stability, sovereignty, political independence and efforts aimed at preserving civil accord in the country.” read more

Liberia top UN envoy calls on officers to work harder to strengthen

“We cannot allow anyone to undermine the country’s peace and stability, which has been achieved at such high cost,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Alan Doss said at an award ceremony yesterday where 164 officers and military observers of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) received peacekeeping medals.“We must continue working to promote and protect human rights everywhere in this nation, we must continue working to curb crime and make communities safe, we must continue working to rebuild roads and create jobs across the country,” he told the recipients, who perform specialized tasks behind the scenes to ensure the smooth running of the mission’s operations.In commending the military observers, Mr. Doss said: “They are our eyes and ears; they provide regular assessments on security and public order, cross border movements, community disputes, weapons collection, unexploded ordinance, road and bridge conditions, illegal traffic of timber and rubber.”He noted that the staff officers are the administrative backbone of UNMIL’s military management, working as construction engineers, medical doctors, logistics experts, supply specialists, military analysts, personnel managers, trainers and legal advisers, providing support for a 15,000-strong multi national force. He stressed the need for senior officers to remain vigilant and careful with their behaviour so that nothing is done to undermine the trust that the people of Liberia have in UNMIL.“Liberians expect us to help them recover from the trauma and pain of conflict. We must not add to their suffering. This is why we must all scrupulously respect the Secretary-General’s policy of zero tolerance of sexual exploitation and abuse,” Mr. Doss said. UNMIL, established by the Security Council three years ago to support the peace process after a ceasefire between the warring factions, played a multifaceted role in overseeing Liberia’s transition from the ravages of a disastrous civil war, culminating in the democratic election of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf less than a year ago. read more

NTSB chairman Lithium batteries not necessarily unsafe in aviation but safeguards needed

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NTSB chairman: Lithium batteries not necessarily unsafe in aviation but safeguards needed by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press Posted Feb 6, 2013 6:59 pm MDT WASHINGTON – Despite a battery fire in one Boeing 787 Dreamliner and smoke in another, the type of batteries used to power the plane’s electrical systems aren’t necessarily unsafe — manufacturers just need to build in reliable safeguards, the nation’s top aviation safety investigator said Wednesday.National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman said she doesn’t want to “categorically” rule out the use of lithium ion batteries to power aircraft systems, even though it’s clear that safeguards failed in the case of a Japan Airlines 787 that had a battery fire while parked at Boston’s Logan International Airport last month.“Obviously what we saw in the 787 battery fire in Boston shows us there were some risks that were not mitigated, that were not addressed,” Hersman told reporters in an interview. The fire was “not what we would have expected to see in a brand new battery in a brand new airplane,” she said.The board is still weeks away from determining the cause of the Jan. 7 battery fire, Hersman said.At the same time, Boeing received permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly one of its 787s from Fort Worth, Texas, to Everett, Wash., on Thursday. The permission is for a single flight for the purpose of relocating the plane, and is not a test flight, the FAA said in a statement. The FAA is still considering a separate Boeing request to conduct test flights, the agency said.Boeing Co. spokesman Marc Birtel said that Boeing is still trying to find the cause of the battery incidents. “We are confident — as is the FAA — that the 787 is safe to operate for this activity. Safety of the crew on board is our top priority,” he said in a statement.The 787 is the first airliner to make extensive use of lithium batteries. Aircraft makers view lithium batteries, which are lighter and can store more energy than other types of batteries of an equivalent size, as an important way to save on fuel costs. The Airbus A350, expected to be ready next year, will also make extensive use of lithium ion batteries. Manufacturers are also looking to retrofit existing planes, replacing other types of batteries with lithium ion.But lithium batteries are more likely to short circuit and start a fire than other batteries if they are damaged, if there is a manufacturing flaw or if they are exposed to excessive heat.Investigators are also looking into the special conditions the FAArequired Boeing to meet in order to use lithium ion batteries to power the 787’s electrical systems, she said.A government-industry advisory board that works closely with the FAA issued testing standards for lithium batteries used in aircraft operations several months after the agency had approved a separate testing regime for the 787’s batteries.“What happens is that when an aircraft is certified it basically gets locked into the standards that were in existence at the time,” Hersman said. Oftentimes, tougher standards will come along later, but aren’t applied to already-approved aircraft designs. “Those are issues we do look at regularly in our investigations and it is something I’m sure we will be focusing on with the battery,” she said.Investigators have been working very closely with the FAA on a review the agency has under way of its sanctioning of the 787’s certification for flight, Hersman said. The FAA awarded the certification in August 2011.“We are evaluating assessments that were made, whether or not those assessments were accurate, whether they were complied with and whether more needs to be done,” she said. “I think that is important before this airplane is back in the air, to really understand what the risks are and that they’re mitigated effectively.”Nine days after the battery fire in Boston, another battery overheated on an All Nippon Airways 787, leading to an emergency landing in Japan. The same day, FAA officials ordered U.S. carriers with 787s — there’s only one, United Airlines, with six planes — to ground the planes. Aviation authorities in other countries swiftly followed suit. In all, 50 planes operated by seven airlines in six countries are grounded.The 787 is Boeing’s newest and most technologically advanced plane. The groundings have become a nightmare for the company, which has about 800 Dreamliner orders from airlines around the globe.Boeing was already spending more money on each 787 it built than it collected from airlines who bought it. On Wednesday, UBS analyst David Strauss estimated that Boeing will spend some $6 billion in cash this year on the plane, while an “extended 787 grounding would result in an even bigger cash burn,” he wrote.“As long as (the) 787 remains grounded, Boeing is faced with the choice of either slowing production or building physical inventory. It will build inventory for now,” he wrote. Boeing already has about 46 787s that have been built but not yet delivered. Many of those were built early on and require more work before they can be handed over to customers.Boeing currently builds five 787s per month. After the groundings it reiterated its plans to boost production to 10 per month by the end of the year, and said it planned to deliver at least 60 of the jets this year.___AP Airlines Writer Joshua Freed in Minneapolis contributed to this report.___Follow Joan Lowy at —Lowy read more

Preview for tonights 128 WWE NXT on the WWE Network

first_img WWE Royal Rumble Card Update For 2019 Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp The following is scheduled for tonight’s 1/28 WWE NXT on the WWE Network:* Contract signing for Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens at the 2/11 NXT Takeover live special* NXT Tag Team Titles: The Lucha Dragons (c’s) vs. Buddy Murphy & Wesley Blake* NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte & Bayley vs. The B.A.E.* #1 Contenders Tournament 1st Round Match: Bull Dempsey vs. Baron Corbin* #1 Contenders Tournament 1st Round Match: Adrian Neville vs. Tyson KiddCheck back later this week for a recap of NXT on videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between BrandsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Facebook Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Now Playing Up Next Twitter Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Google+ Videos Articles Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location Asuka, Becky Lynch, And Charlotte In Triple Threat Title Match Becky Lynch Announces Replacement to Face Ronda Rousey Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Pinterest Charlotte Flair Becky Lynch Videos Articles Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlottelast_img read more

Truckers wait hours at USMexico border to get shipments to US

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — To deal with a surge of migrating Central American families, the Trump administration has reassigned so many inspectors from U.S.-Mexico border crossings that truckers are waiting in line for hours and sometimes days to get shipments to the United States.Truckers have been sleeping in their vehicles to hold spots in line in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas. The city brought in portable toilets, and an engine oil company hired models in skin-tight clothing to hand out burritos and bottled water to idled drivers.“My family doesn’t recognize me at home anymore,” Jaime Monroy, a trucker who lives in Ciudad Juarez, said after sleeping overnight in his truck hauling a load of wooden furniture. “I leave at 3 in the morning and come back at 10 at night.”The waits are a reminder that even though President Donald Trump walked back his threat to close the border, the administration has created significant impediments for truckers and travelers with its redeployment of customs agents.Business leaders are starting to lose patience as they struggle to get products to American grocery stores, manufacturers and construction sites.“This is a systemwide issue,” said Paola Avila, chairwoman of the Border Trade Alliance, a group that advocates for cross-border commerce. “Everyone’s feeling this.”The traffic congestion comes as a growing number of families from Central America have been arriving at the border in recent months, overwhelming the federal government.The Border Patrol said Tuesday that it set a new monthly record for apprehensions of families in March. More than 53,000 family members were stopped at the border in March, an average of more than 1,700 per day. That breaks a record set in February, when 36,000 parents and children were apprehended.Trump responded by shaking up the top ranks of the Department of Homeland Security, culminating with the resignation of Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.The migrant families have forced many line agents into humanitarian roles and have strained detention facilities built when the Border Patrol primarily apprehended single adult men.The administration has in turn reassigned 541 border inspectors to other jobs, including processing migrants, providing transportation and performing hospital watch for migrants who require medical attention. It is unknown when they will return to their regular job of screening people and cargo for smuggling.Border Patrol agents, who guard areas between ports, are also doing jobs they were not trained to do, such as medical screenings for children and families in the migrant holding camps.In El Paso, authorities have closed one bridge to truckers, directing them to two other nearby crossings. At San Diego’s only truck crossing, two of 10 lanes are closed.In Nogales, Arizona, the government on Sundays is closing a commercial facility that is crucial to cross-border trade. Up to 12,000 commercial trucks cross the border in Nogales every day, often bringing watermelons, eggplants, berries and grapes.Wait times have doubled at the Santa Teresa, New Mexico, port of entry.“What we’re seeing is a lot of companies making their drivers sleep in their trucks to keep their place in line for the next day,” said Jerry Pacheco, president of the Border Industrial Association and executive director of the International Business Accelerator.In recent years, the rural outpost has become a boomtown of warehouses and industrial parks that funnel raw materials and products back and forth across the border.“Here we are growing companies and growing jobs and everything is great. We added another industrial park with job prospects in tow and then all this happens,” Pacheco said of the latest expansion.The agency’s commissioner, Kevin McAleenan, who was named acting Homeland Security secretary on Sunday, warned of traffic delays when he announced last month in El Paso that inspectors from across the border would be reassigned. Authorities raised the possibility that as many as 2,000 inspectors could be pulled from ports of entry.A Customs and Border Protection mobile app suggested the bottlenecks may have eased by Tuesday. The wait time for truckers was estimated at three hours in San Diego, 2½ hours in El Paso and two hours in Laredo. Still, truckers said wait times have lengthened considerably since authorities announced the reassignments.“This all started about two weeks ago with Trump,” said driver Arturo Menendez, 44, who first entered the line at 4 a.m. Friday with his tractor-trailer full of cardboard used in boxes for U.S.-made products like Toro lawn mowers.At 6 p.m. he was told to leave ahead of the unprecedented closure of all lanes at the Bridge of the Americas on Saturday.He tried again Monday, waiting in a line behind of hundreds of trucks passing through three security checks back at the Bridge of the Americas.Avila, who is also the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s vice president for international affairs, said the delays could encourage more companies to move to Asia, hurting jobs in the U.S. and Mexico.“Now we’re discouraging overseas production,” she said. “We’re cutting out the American manufacturer or the Mexican manufacturer that employs U.S. workers.” April 9, 2019 Posted: April 9, 2019 Truckers wait hours at U.S.-Mexico border to get shipments to U.S. AP AP, last_img read more

People on the Move 121709

first_imgCondé Nast named Julie Raimondi editor in chief of Raimondi also will remain in her role as editor-in-chief of the 16 Brides local mgazines, the publisher said.Robert W. Merry, the former longtime president andeditor-in-chief of Congressional Quarterly, was appointedpublisher of global intelligence publisher STRATFOR, beginning inJanuary. CQ was acquired this summer by the Economist Group, which formed the CQ-Roll Call group.Lebhar-Friedman’s Nation’s Restaurant News announced a number of personnel changes: retail and foodservice groups group publisher Randall Friedman was named publisher, replacing Tom Larranaga; national sales director Chris Keating was promoted to associate publisher; and executive editor Robin Lee Allen and online executive editor Sarah Lockyer were appointed co-leaders of the editorial team, replacing Ellen Koteff.American Express Publishing named Toby McKenna advertising director of digital at Also, Amy Koblenzer was named photo director of Travel + Leisure. Koblenzer most recently served as photo editor at Gourmet, a position she held for six years. United Business Media’s Think Services Game Group promoted Simon Carless to global brand director. Carless replaces Think Services executive vice president Kathy Astromoff, who recently took on a broader management role.Rachel Wintner was appointed to the newly-created position of vice president of sales at Glam Media. Previously, Wintner served as associate publisher of Conde Nast’s Playboy Enterprises Wednesday named senior vice president of strategic planning and treasurer Robert D. Campbell interim CFO, effective January 1, 2010. Campbell replaces Linda G. Havard, who announced her resignation last month and plans to leave the company by the end of the year. The company said it hired BridgeGate LLC to lead the CFO search and that it will bconsider both internal and external candidates. Hearst Magazines International named Sophia Stewart executive director of digital. Most recently, Stewart served as executive director of mobile at Hearst Magazines Digital Media.George Brooks announced his retirement as executive vice president of Norfolk, Virginia-based magazine publisher Dominion Enterprises and as president of Dominion Market Media. Brooks’ departure will be effective January 22, 2010.As part of a restructuring, Tracey Altman was let go as publisher of Reader’s Digest magazine. Her responsibilities will be taken over by Eva Dillon, president of the Reader’s Digest Community. While Altman told FOLIO: she has since contacted her legal counsel, she called it “standard procedure” and said she is not planning legal action against RDA, as was initially reported.last_img read more